Novels The Best Postmodern Novels  

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List of the best postmodern novels from popular postmodern authors such as Kurt Vonnegut, Thomas Pynchon, and Don DeLillo that are reactions against Enlightenment and Modernist literature. Postmodern novels use techniques like fragmentation, paradox and questionable narrators in their writing to be experimental in literature. The purpose of postmodern novels is to take serious subjects from a distance and disconnect and be able to depict the stories with irony and humor.

The list asks the question, “What is the best postmodern novel?” The list is voted on to decide the favorite postmodern novel. If some of the postmodern novels by the best postmodern writers aren't listed, then be sure to add them so that other readers can vote on them.

Some of the best themes and techniques that are used in postmodern novels are irony and black humor, metafiction, non-linear narratives and fragmentations, paranoia, minimalism, or maximalism. Novels that include these features are on the list, such as House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski, Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell, The Unlimited Dream Company by J.G. Ballard and Lolita by Vladimir Vladimirovich Nabokov. Vote up the best postmodern novels right here.
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Slaughterhouse-Five is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Postmodern Novels
Kurt Vonnegut

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159 51
Infinite Jest is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Postmodern Novels
David Foster Wallace

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144 45
Gravity's Rainbow is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Postmodern Novels
Thomas Pynchon

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89 28
If on a winter's night a trave... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Postmodern Novels

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93 32
White Noise is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Postmodern Novels
Don DeLillo

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116 47
Catch-22 is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Postmodern Novels
Joseph Heller

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78 28
The Crying of Lot 49 is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Postmodern Novels
Thomas Pynchon

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88 45
Lolita is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Postmodern Novels
Vladimir Vladimirovich Nabokov

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71 36
House of Leaves is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Postmodern Novels
Mark Z. Danielewski

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65 32
Naked Lunch is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Postmodern Novels
William S. Burroughs

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42 16
Underworld is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Postmodern Novels
Don DeLillo

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64 34
Breakfast of Champions is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Postmodern Novels
Kurt Vonnegut

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61 32
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Postmodern Novels
Hunter S. Thompson

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49 23
Labyrinths is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Postmodern Novels
Jorge Luis Borges

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40 17
Ubik is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Postmodern Novels
Philip K. Dick

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43 22
The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Postmodern Novels
Haruki Murakami

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48 27
Pale Fire is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Postmodern Novels
Vladimir Vladimirovich Nabokov

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40 21
Molloy; Malone dies ; The unna... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Postmodern Novels

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42 23
The Name of the Rose is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Postmodern Novels
Umberto Eco

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23 7
V. is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Postmodern Novels
Guest_057e0091-8537-481d-b09c-6e6e164d32f3 added Thomas Pynchon

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25 11
Blood Meridian is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Postmodern Novels
Guest_057e0091-8537-481d-b09c-6e6e164d32f3 added Cormac McCarthy

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32 18
Ficciones is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Postmodern Novels
Jorge Luis Borges

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28 15
The Recognitions is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Postmodern Novels
William Gaddis

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55 40
American Psycho is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Postmodern Novels
Bret Easton Ellis

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53 40
Fight Club is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Postmodern Novels
Chuck Palahniuk

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18 8
Inherent Vice is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Postmodern Novels
Guest_057e0091-8537-481d-b09c-6e6e164d32f3 added Thomas Pynchon

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20 10
A Confederacy of Dunces is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Postmodern Novels
Guest_057e0091-8537-481d-b09c-6e6e164d32f3 added John Kennedy Toole

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39 28
Cloud Atlas is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Postmodern Novels
David Mitchell

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25 15
Libra is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Postmodern Novels
Don DeLillo

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25 16
The Sot-Weed Factor is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Postmodern Novels
John Barth

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16 9
Steppenwolf is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Postmodern Novels
bugo99 added Hermann Hesse

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17 11
1979 is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Postmodern Novels
Mollevangsvagen added Christian Kracht

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20 14
Crash is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Postmodern Novels
J. G. Ballard

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23 17
The French Lieutenant's Woman is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Postmodern Novels

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23 18
Wittgenstein's Mistress is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Postmodern Novels
David Markson

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20 16
The Road is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Postmodern Novels
Guest_057e0091-8537-481d-b09c-6e6e164d32f3 added Cormac McCarthy

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16 12
Hopscotch is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Postmodern Novels
erdos1 added Julio Cortázar

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14 10
The Brief Wondrous Life of Osc... is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Postmodern Novels
Guest_057e0091-8537-481d-b09c-6e6e164d32f3 added Junot Díaz

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4 0
City of Glass is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Postmodern Novels
KamelHarhoura added City of Glass Paul Auster

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19 16
Hocus Pocus is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Postmodern Novels
Kurt Vonnegut

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10 8
Bleeding Edge is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Postmodern Novels
Guest_057e0091-8537-481d-b09c-6e6e164d32f3 added Thomas Pynchon

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13 12
The Tunnel is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Postmodern Novels
erdos1 added William H. Gass

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25 25
Choke is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Postmodern Novels
Chuck Palahniuk

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8 10
The Amazing Adventures of Kava... is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Postmodern Novels
Guest_057e0091-8537-481d-b09c-6e6e164d32f3 added Michael Chabon

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4 7
American Tabloid is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Postmodern Novels
Guest_057e0091-8537-481d-b09c-6e6e164d32f3 added James Ellroy

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4 7
The Third Policeman is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Postmodern Novels
bugo99 added Brian O'Nolan

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8 12
The young man is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Postmodern Novels
Mollevangsvagen added Botho Strauß

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7 11
Perfume is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Postmodern Novels
Guest_057e0091-8537-481d-b09c-6e6e164d32f3 added Patrick Süskind

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13 18
Blood and Guts in High School is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Postmodern Novels

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9 14
The Unlimited Dream Company is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Postmodern Novels